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Ducati May 20, 2015 posted by Donn

Keeping it Simple – 1995 Ducati 900 SS / CR

Filling out the 1995 line-up next to the 916 and 900SS, and of course the Monster, was the Ducati 900SS/CR ( Cafe Racer ? ).  A lot less money than the new 916, and a little less than the 900SS, the half-fairing 900SS/CR still has respectable performance and a great fun factor.  The sweet-looking CR had a great view of the engine and few things that occasionally, the upper range of the line wished they had.

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1995 Ducati 900SS/CR for sale on eBay

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Based on the Desmodue engine from the Pantah and 851, the air-cooled 904cc engine has a simpler valve train but still delivers 84hp and over 60 ft-lbs. torque.  The silver trellis frame supports a steel tubing swingarm, nicely reinforced and not prone to cracking.  Dry clutch, but of course.  Plenty of brakes with 320mm front and 245 rear disks.  Upside-down front forks and adjustable rear shock are both by Showa.  On the aluminum three-spoke rims, a 170mm wide rear tire allowed fitment of a 4-1/2 inch rear rim, in-keeping with the overall theme.  Likewise, there is no center stand.

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Showing under 6,000 miles, this CR looks cherry by any standard.  Red bodywork and silver frame look great.  Stock seat is unmarked.  Nice Campion del Mondo graphics in honor of Carl Fogarty's 1994 SBK championship ( he would repeat in '95 ).  One scrape on the right muffler and the owner states so in the eBay auction:

Probably the best example of this classic Ducati sport bike currently for sale!
This two owner bike has only 5900 miles from new - has new tires and chain and has had a complete service just completed including:

  • New Cam Belts
  • New Oil
  • New Oil Filter
  • New Air Filter
  • Valve Service
  • New regulator
  • Steering bearings checked
  • Wheel bearings checked
  • Brake pads checked

This bike is ready to be added to your collection
There is one tiny blemish on the right hand silencer (see photos) but otherwise this bike is perfect

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Seeming well preserved and well serviced, this CR looks a great entry into the Ducati world- a little simpler, a little lighter, maybe not 916 quick, but still a classic air-cooled 900cc Ducati, and a nice one.

-donn

Keeping it Simple – 1995 Ducati 900 SS / CR
Aprilia May 16, 2015 posted by Donn

Featured Listing: 1999 Aprilia RS250 Cup For Sale

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Forty some-odd years into Aprilia's history they added road racing to their off-road program, with remarkable results - ten 125cc championships and nine in the 250cc class.  Bold names from this year's Moto GP grids like Valentino Rossi, Marco Melandri, and Jorge Lorenzo all were 250cc champions for Aprilia.  Built from 1995 through 2002, the RS250 uses the Suzuki RGV250 engine, with Aprilia's own intake, ECU, and exhaust.  This low-mile RS250 Cup is set up for the racetrack, though it's too nice to have spent much time there.

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The massive aluminum box frame appears to belong to a much larger cycle, though the RS250 Cup weighs only a bit over 350 lbs.  A sculpted alloy "banana" swingarm allows the expansion chambers to inhabit the underside of the bike.  The 300mm front disks could also brake a larger machine, but on the track, you're either wide open or hard on the brakes.  Fully adjustable suspension will allow you to tailor the ride to your style.  Multi-function digital dash has a built-in lap timer.

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The seller states:

Nothing like the sound and smell of a 2-stroke! This is a great, low maintenance track bike. Well cared for and at around 60 - 65 bhp it's easy to ride. This bike is in exceptional condition and has been ridden conservatively by an older rider. A couple of small nicks and blemishes, but nothing obvious. Note: As a track bike this is sold without a title and on a Bill of Sale only.

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Ready for track days, the RS250 Cup is large enough for an adult rider.  The 70hp supplied by the Suzuki is more lively between 9,000 and 12,000 rpm, so the neighbors will know you're testing.  With 56 watchers, the auction has a lot of interest and a buy-it-now of $6,700.  Someone could have one hell of a father's day !

Please see the eBay auction here or contact the seller via email.

-donn

Featured Listing:  1999 Aprilia RS250 Cup For Sale
Triumph May 16, 2015 posted by Donn

Triple sec – Sweet 1995 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III

Revived by entrepreneur John Bloor after their final bankruptcy in 1983, Triumph Motorcycles engineered a family of engines using a 76mm diameter piston and established a manufacturing facility in Thailand.  The venerable brand celebrated it centenary in 2002 and has continued manufacture and now completes almost 50,000 motorcycles per year.  This particular bike is a nice example of one of their best machines.

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1995 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III

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Initially designed in 1989, the smooth-running 885cc triple underwent a major review in 1993 and with Cosworth's help emerged with 115hp, and somewhat lighter thanks to pressure casting the engine cases.  Too busy trying to stay alive to enter into racing, modern Triumph cycles never experienced the weight loss racing requires, and the Super III carries 465 lbs wet.  But with the aluminum frame, 43mm forks, 310mm front disks, the entire package tests lighter than it should, a well-balanced handler.

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The speed yellow fairing on this example appears better than excellent, the lower reaches of the classic shape protected from chips by automotive film.   The black monoposto seat looks cushy and in nice shape, the pillion seat under a fairing.  Very polished and very pretty 3-into-1 header with carbon muffler appears to be the only modification, and belies the 8900 miles the odometer shows.  Have to like it when someone's been detailing the engine !

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From the eBay auction:

Proudly kept and displayed indoors with only 8900 original miles. (That's less than 450 miles/year)100% Original everything*. Perfect condition; no scratches, dents, or nicks of any kind. Carbon fiber everywhere. Aluminum 6.6 gallon tank.

As second owner, I've meticulously maintained the bike in every way. All questions will be answered immediately.

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Though a revised 675cc engine has led to recent racing successes by a contingent of privateers, the Daytona Super III was developed before the racing program and is a smooth, powerful road bike, the 1995 being a nice update from the original design.  This auction looks to be for one of the very best of this model.

Triple sec – Sweet 1995 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III
Suzuki May 14, 2015 posted by Donn

Racer with lights – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition

After it was started in 1976, the AMA Superbike Championship became a way to reach the sporty segment of the American motorcycle market.  The 1983 rule change reducing maximum displacement to 750cc was the catalyst for a new approach, rather than racing road bikes, Suzuki tailored their racing machine for public use.  Their light weight and simplicity won the championship in 1989 and launched a thousand privateer race teams.

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1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition

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Introduced in 1985, the GSXR-750 had an innovative alloy frame, and the bike was noticeably lighter than the competition.  An evolutionary engine, the micro-finned inline-4 is primarily oil-cooled, a large oil radiator behind the front fender.  The full fairing recalls the Suzuki endurance racers, and the riding position is decidedly racetrack oriented.  Updates for 1986 include a more stable 25mm-longer swingarm and radial tires.  Intended to homologate some components for the AMA championship, the Limited Edition had an alloy fuel tank, dry clutch, 310mm front disks, steering damper, electronic anti-dive, and remote reservoir rear shock.  Special badging and colors, gunmetal grey engine paint and blue wheels distinguish the Limited Edition.

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With quite low miles and very stock, the previous owner did not mess with perfection, apart from a pair of conformal front turn signals and a little de-reflectorization.  Intact headlight fairing and the absence of more than a couple of nicks in the bodywork is encouraging.

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From the eBay auction:

This is the bike that started the homologation wars. If you are looking for something special to show up at bike night on, this is it!
Bike is from my private collection and has been stored in a climate controlled environment being ridden only once or twice a year.
Everything works perfect and the motor runs flawlessly. Dry clutch functions as it was designed as well. This example is very close to stock with the exceptions of the windscreen and front turn signals. It does come with the stock from turn signals and three of the four side reflectors (one of the front ones is missing. It does have the front headlight bubble which is no longer available and is removable if you choose. The rear helmet lock is missing too, but still has the stock exhaust in great condition.
There are some small chips here and there but nothing major and the bike has no scratches on the lower fairing bubble which is a sure sign the bike has been dropped. The pictures should speak for themselves and if I were to rate this from 1-10, I would give it a solid 9.

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A simple lightweight racer, this is the second year of the Gixxer dynasty, a no-nonsense star on the track, which became an undeniable movement on the road.

Racer with lights – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition
Bimota May 14, 2015 posted by Donn

Patiently Waiting – 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci

Rare as a Bimota liter bike might be, finding one which has never been run is a hundred-fold more unusual.  A 150hp cycle weighing 400lbs would be newsworthy today, but this one has been hidden away since 1991.

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1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci for sale on eBay

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Made from 1991 to 1994 but in very low numbers, the Yamaha-Bimota 1000 removes some of the compromise from the FZR 1000R "bike of the decade".  Relieved of the biposto seat, the YB10's aluminum beam frame and beautiful bodywork does conceal 20 valves and Yamaha's servo-controlled exhaust valve system which widens the torque curve.  South of the twin 38mm Mikunis, the liquid-cooled liter escapes via 4-into-1 exhaust.  5-speed transmission to get you going, dual 320mm front disks and 280mm rear bring things back into focus.  Billet frame connections, triple-tree, and brackets are a joy.  Upside-down Marzocchi front forks are complemented by an Ohlins rear shock, all three-way adjustable.

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Usually this is where I discuss the bike's condition, which will be one word in this case - NEW.  Evidently in a dealer's stockroom for almost two decades, the bike was purchased in 2010, and uncrated in 2013.

From the eBay auction:

This motorcycle was purchased new in the crate from the dealer in 2010. In 2013 the motorcycle was removed from the crate and the front wheel and fender were installed. No fluids have been added to include engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, and gasoline. Except for the front wheel/fender the motorcycle is as it was when it left the factory. Since being removed from the crate it has been stored on stands in a dry, climate controlled garage and has never seen sunlight. All the original documentation, manuals, tool kit, and keys in the crate come with the motorcycle. Motorcycle comes with clear title and is sold "as is" with no warranties expressed or implied. Local pickup is best since the motorcycle has no fluids there are no brakes.

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Finished in arrest-me red and silver, the YB10 appears ready for action, though one might expect some freshening unless keeping it as a display machine.  Primarily Yamaha hard parts should ease the pain of breaking in a brand-new 24 year-old motorcycle.  Bimota asked $24K when this bike was new, after doing your homework you may want to bid similarly on this beauty.

Patiently Waiting – 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci
Kawasaki May 12, 2015 posted by Donn

Bay Ridge Barn ( well, storage unit ) Find – 1984 Kawasaki GPz-750

Hard as they are to find, unmolested early sportbikes pop up occasionally.  This pre-Ninja 750 appeared on the New York Craigslist recently.

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1984 Kawasaki GPz-750 for sale on Craigslist

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Developed from the KZ-750, the GPz-750 had 92 hp, new frame with Uni-Trak rear suspension, and generally more sport-oriented.  The sweet bikini fairing foreshadows the full fairing to come later.  For 1984, mostly color changes but slightly raising the clip-on handlebars made the bike friendlier.  Rubber front engine mounts helped, too.  The smallish 280mm brakes nonetheless performed well.  Overall a speedy, stable rider.

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From the Craigslist ad:

This bike has been very well maintained it's entire life by a mature older gentleman who kept it in clean, dry, and temperate storage. Pictures do not do this bike justice. The paint is in absolutely stunning original condition. This bike has no mechanical or electrical issues at all and can be ridden anywhere. The carburetors have been jetted and air box has been replaced with air filter pods. Vance and Hines full exhaust looks and runs great with the properly tuned carbs. This bike's motor pulls strong and has no issues. Chain and sprockets were replaced with new ones last year. Tires are in great condition with no dry rot and lots of tread left. This bike has to be seen in person to truly appreciate how clean it is.

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CL ads can be hyperbolic and poorly documented, but this common-sense ad has great pictures.  The GPz-750 was the fastest bike in its day and still has a lot to offer.  The silver paint and red/blue stripes look great, and the bike seems very clean overall.  Sensible asking price for such a pretty historic.  Certainly have to do your homework on a purchase like this but a GPz in such fine shape is worth a look.

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-donn

Bay Ridge Barn ( well, storage unit ) Find – 1984 Kawasaki GPz-750